While they often don’t receive the same level of attention as men’s sports, a new Nielsen Sports research project highlights untapped potential and new commercial opportunities for rights holders, brands and media.
The rate of change in women’s sports is one of the most exciting trends in the sports industry right now. For rights holders, brands and the media, this represents a chance to develop a new commercial proposition and engage fans in a different way.
Regardless of whether you call it football or soccer, it’s a sport with massive global appeal and fan interest. In fact, more than 40% of people 16 or older in major population centers around the world consider themselves interested or very interested in following football, more so than any other sport.
The global reach of football, or soccer, is unequalled among sports in terms of value to media and sponsors. With the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 upon us, Nielsen offers a snapshot of the vast collection of data and insights surrounding the world’s most popular sport.
Nielsen Music provides a front-row seat to changing music consumption habits by interviewing more than 13,000 Canadian music fans over the past five years to identify what people listen to, how they do it and where they spend their money with an ever-expanding range of choices.
We are at a time of unprecedented commercial opportunity in global sports. Barriers to entry have never been lower. More markets around the world than ever before are receptive to the power of sports. It’s never been easier to reach millions—even billions—of fans.
Live music is one of the biggest entertainment draws in Canada, and it’s growing in popularity. Fans don’t just show up, though. They make plans months and weeks ahead of events, engage with on-site brand activations, interact with other event-goers, share their live music and festival experiences on social media.
It’s been an action-packed first half of the year for music in Canada, with records broken and chart history made. A significant streaming milestone was also reached in April, when weekly on-demand audio streaming surpassed 700 million.
For the sports industry, one challenge stands above all others. How, in a truly multimedia environment, can sponsorships be accurately measured to provide a true picture of value generated for rights holders and brands?
93% of Canadians listen to music, up from 89% a year ago. This rise may be explained by the continuing move toward mobile consumption—over half the Canadian population are now listening to music via smartphone in a typical week. Listening on tablet devices has also increased, and is up to 30% for the general population.
If music were a brand in Canada, it would be flying high—living on cloud nine. That’s because despite the wealth of new technology and media constantly being unveiled to tempt and engage consumers, music consumption is rising.
With global sponsorship spend forecast to reach over $62 billion in 2017 and global media rights spend expected to hit $45 billion, the top-line metrics remain positive. This report detail what we regard as the 10 major commercial trends in sports.
Music consumption is at an all-time high. Overall volume is up 3% over 2016, fueled by a 76% increase in on-demand audio streams, enough to offset declines in sales and return a positive year for the business.
The recent passing of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen highlights the impact that the passing of an artist can have on music sales and streaming. Canadian fans paid tribute to Cohen not only by consuming music from across his catalogue, but by engaging with music from related artists’ repertoires as well.
Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit quite like holiday music, and if you were in Edmonton, Canada, last holiday season, you were in the country’s merriest city. That’s because its radio stations played the most holiday music between Nov. 1 to Dec. 27, 2015.
Canada has developed a strong roster of successful homegrown country music talent, and those artists have likely helped the genre maintain its large, loyal fan base in an era of ever-fragmenting tastes. In fact, about one in five Canadian music listeners say they often tune in to country.
Nielsen Sports' latest report examines not only the rising interest in para-sports and the Paralympics, its growing status as a media product and how the Games already works for partners, but also notes the opportunity it provides to change attitudes – and, critically, what that might mean for current and future para-sports sponsors.
In addition to representing their countries and competing for medals, para-sports athletes participating in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games this month will be challenging stereotypes, increasing inclusion and breaking down social barriers—something these competitors have been doing since the first Paralympic Games in Rome, Italy in 1960.
Music listening in Canada remains as popular as it ever has been, driven by new music services and great new music by home-grown superstar artists. What continues to change, however, is how fans are accessing and engaging with music.
Fueled by a massive wave of hype leading up to its release, Canadian superstar Drake’s "Views" is already setting the pace to be the biggest album of the year in Canada. In its first four days, sales were at 80,000, and the album had already been streamed nearly 15 million times in Canada.
Aside from the excitement about Adele’s “25” at year-end, on-demand audio and video streaming continued to gain in popularity in 2015, posting growth rates of 83% and 102%, respectively. Vinyl also posted its 10th consecutive year of sales growth.
With a wide array of pastimes available, respondents in a recent Nielsen global survey were asked to select their top three spare-time activities. While certain activities skew younger than older and vice versa, if you think technology-driven younger people don’t read anymore, think again.
Canadian consumers love music, and they’re spending more time with it in more ways. This is particularly the case with Canadian teens. According to Nielsen’s Music 360 Canada report, teens report listening to 40% more music than they did in 2013. So what’s driving the surge?
The Super Bowl has become a national holiday of sorts, characterized by beer, Buffalo wings and boisterous parties. So have we gotten carried away with ourselves to the point where watching the game has become secondary to the party? According to a recent Nielsen analysis, we have not.
Gone are the days of spending the holidays staring into the warm blaze of a crackling fireplace or gazing through the oven window to watch the sugar cookies rise. Today, we look elsewhere for our holiday entertainment.
There’s no denying the emotional power of music, and music’s ability to move people at an emotional level makes it a great vehicle to inspire in ways that words alone can’t. And in that way, the pairing of music and social causes creates a perfect duet with the power to create a long-lasting moving emotional connection with listeners.
52 percent of Canadian music listeners say they’d be completely lost without their music. And advertisers are taking a cue from Jay Z and “smarting up and opening the market up” by aligning with music on all platforms to give their brands a lift in the eyes (and ears) of consumers.